On number of stores and catering in 2006

17.05.2007

At the end of 2006 in Latvia were more than 17 thousand stores, what is for 59% more than in 1995. In 2006 there were 75 stores on every 10000 people (in 1995 - 44). Moreover, last year in market and street trade places were working 6,3 thousand stalls and kiosks, according to Central Statistical Bureau data.

In comparison with food and non-food store development, can be observed tendency of decrease in the number of food and general1) stores. In 2006 this number decreased to 5024 stores, comprising 29.4% of the store total number. This tendency can be explained with the fast supermarket entrance in the Latvia economics.

Number of stores by type

In the dynamics of non-food commodity group, in turn, can be observed the contrary tendency. If in 1995 these stores comprised almost 28% of the store total number, than in 2006 non-food commodities were sold in more than 70% of the stores.

1995

2000

2006

Increased also the number of stores with big trade area. Stores with trade area under 50 m2 in 1999 comprised almost 54% of the total. In 2006, in turn, this indicator comprised only 43%. But the number of stores with trade area more than 400 m2 in relevant period increased more than three times – from 313 to 1026.

Stores by trade area (in per cent)

Still there are many stores with less than 5 employees. In 1995 such number of employees had 77% of the store total number. Within 11 years this indicator practically did not change, but the number of big stores (with 100 employees and more) in this period increased from 9 stores in 1995 to 52 stores in 2006.

 

Number of employees

Total

<=5

6-19

20-49

50-99

>=100

1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

All

10760

8255

2218

237

41

9

Food and general stores

7764

6199

1407

126

26

6

Non-food stores

2996

2056

811

111

15

3

2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

All

15617

12905

2395

252

47

18

Food and general stores

6258

4830

1216

173

28

11

Non-food stores

9359

8075

1179

79

19

7

2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

All

17091

13415

3106

412

106

52

Food and general stores

5024

3643

1057

235

46

43

Non-food stores

12067

9772

2049

177

60

9

Since 1998 the number of filling stations increased almost two times – from 423 – in 1999 to 725 – in 2006. In comparison with 1999, the most rapid increase was in 2000 - by 44%.

Changes in the number of filling station by year

Within 15 years almost two times increased the number of restaurants, eating houses and bars. In 2006 on every 10000 people in average were 18 different caterings (In 1992 - only 9). At the end of 2006 in Latvia worked 2746 restaurants, cafés and eating houses, 947 bars and 517 closed- type eating houses.

Prepared by Trade and Service Statistics Section
Tel. 7366632
Dzintra Bērziņa

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1) – General stores are stores, in which are sold food and non-food commodities. The high rate in this group comprises supermarkets.